WA closed to both Victoria and NSW

Tim Dornin
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Western Australia will ramp up capacity at COVID-19 testing stations to cater for thousands of Victorians who arrived in the state in December and are now subject to quarantine requirements.

WA is now closed to travellers from both NSW and Victoria with the state quick to impose tough restrictions in response to COVID-19 clusters in Sydney and Melbourne.

The hard border with Victoria came into effect from New Year's Day after the government revised its status to medium risk, effectively barring travel to WA.

Only people granted exemptions will be allowed to enter, while West Australians returning home will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Any Victorians who arrived in WA on or after December 21 will also need to self-isolate for 14 days from when they first entered the state.

That will apply to about 16,000 people, although some may already have left after Christmas celebrations.

Those still in WA will have to take a coronavirus test on day 11 or at any time if they develop symptoms.

That means thousands will need to get tested in the coming days, with 877 swabs taken on Thursday.

Premier Mark McGowan said staffing at the COVID-19 clinics would be increased to cater for the extra demand.

"This is obviously not how we wanted to end the year," the premier posted on social media.

"But it is a reminder that there is still a long way to go in the fight against COVID-19."

WA reported two new virus cases on Friday, both in hotel quarantine after recently returning from overseas.

Their cases take the total since the start of the pandemic to 863.

The state currently has 16 active cases, all in isolation.